Nothing was going to stop Koilan Jackson from visiting Arkansas on Saturday.
The Pulaski Robinson wide receiver went to prom the night before the visit and, instead of catching a couple hours of sleep before waking up early for the three-hour drive to Fayetteville, pulled an all-nighter.
His plan was to take a nap on the car ride, but even that was interrupted when the car carrying him and several of his teammates had a flat tire shortly after getting onto Interstate 40 around 5 a.m.
“We were driving and the air pressure just slowly went down, so we pulled off to the side,” Jackson said.
It delayed their arrival, but Robinson linebackers/strength and conditioning coach Brian Maupin, who also serves as the Senators’ college recruiting coordinator, got the car back on the road.
When he finally rolled into Fayetteville, the Razorbacks had already started practice, but Jackson said he still enjoyed his time, especially meeting with Arkansas strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert.
“We went inside and did a whole bunch of nutritional stuff with Coach Herb,” Jackson said. “That was really cool. We talked about how we could add weight without gaining fat and just gain muscle.”
He also got to watch Arkansas’ scrimmage and talk to all of the Razorbacks’ coaches, including tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr., wide receivers coach Michael Smith and head coach Bret Bielema.
“I’ve had a good relationship with Coach Lunney and Coach Smith and I just recently started talking to Coach B a lot,” Jackson said.
Jackson, the son of former NFL Pro Bowler Keith Jackson, picked up his first offer from Arkansas on March 14. Since then, he’s received offers from Army and Illinois, where his older brother, Kenyon, signed to play in February.
However, he could add even more offers soon. Memphis has indicated to him that it’ll offer when he takes a visit and Vanderbilt could extend one when he scores a 21 on his ACT. Tulane is also close.
While he doesn’t have a date set in stone, Jackson said he hopes to make his decision before Robinson’s first game of the season in August.
Until then, he is working hard to add more scholarship offers to his growing list.
“I’m working on a bunch of speed stuff and getting stronger, getting my legs stronger and getting my whole body stronger,” Jackson said. “I’m also working on all the aspects of the game at my position.”